Happy New Year!

This is my first January in the shop and it's nice to have time to write again. I love Christmas and it was great to be able to spend time with my family this year and it was so nice to see so many customers supporting hand made gifts and wanting something very special for their loved ones. As the weather turns more wintery this week, many of my customers are thinking about knitting with thicker yarns and hand knitted socks and hats seem to be very popular. I've started to knit more socks myself and looking forward to running more workshops on how to knit socks in the New Year. Look out for the Coffee Morning in The Thirsty Farmer Pub to knit socks and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support – hopefully in early March.

John Arbon Wool Socks

My Autumn workshops were a huge success and it was great to see so many people wanting to learn new skills or develop their existing skills. I always feel sad taking down the Christmas decorations and for some reason as soon as they are put away, I long for Spring. Looking out my shop window across the green, I can see early signs of spring with small buds appearing on the trees and little yellow primroses in flower. I have even found time to spend in my garden and can’t wait to find more time to sit in the garden and plan for the summer. I love my shop and 7 months on, I still can’t believe that I managed to get the opportunity to open up Seam Haberdashery here in Whimple, but it has been hard work and I will always be grateful to my family and friends who have supported me and continue to help me without me even having to ask.

John Arbon Wool Socks

When I first opened the shop, I didn’t imagine it would become so special to so many people in the village and our drop in sessions on Wednesday evenings are a joy. Many of my customers have become good friends and our weekly get together is so much fun. The last few years have been so difficult for many people in so many different ways, but sharing your thoughts and having someone to listen, is often the best remedy for our health and wellbeing.

Knitted jumper for a very, very small friend

I long for Spring. Looking out my shop window across the green, I can see early signs of spring with small buds starting to appear on the trees and little yellow wild primroses starting to flower.  I long for blue skies and the simple pleasure of enjoying 'elevenees' in the garden. I’m looking forward to planting a wild flower bed in my own garden and I would like to experiment more with dyeing yarn with natural pigments that the flowers might yield.

Enough day dreaming about warmer weather. I going to make myself a cuppa and finish my pom pom hat, it's only 2ºC here today!!

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